2017 International Meetings and Programs Schedule

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The ALA Annual Conference offers you an unparalleled opportunity to enhance your knowledge, share your ideas, and network with experts from around the globe as you participate in one of the largest and most exciting library events in the world! Around 2,200 scheduled events of which more than 500 are programs, discussions, sessions, and in-depth facilitated and informal conversations, and 900+ exhibitors.

Below is a list of meetings and events for the International Relations Committee (IRC), the International Relations Round Table (IRRT), and other ALA Offices hosting programs with an international focus.


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Supporting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals with International Open Access Initiatives -- IRRT Preconference
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Description: Are you interested in supporting the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?  As librarians, we are already invested in education, social justice, and information access issues.  In this pre-conference we’ll be looking at the intersection between the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ways that Open Access (OA) efforts can be used to further those goals.  We’ll hear from experts in both fields about where the SDG and OA movements stand and engage with a panel who are already implementing OA plans in the name of greater accessibility for all.  There will also be time to exchange our own ideas and experiences related to OA and the SDGs.
Session attendees will leave with:
1.     A greater understanding of the SDGs and OA as they currently stand,
2.     Some examples of how OA is being implemented and leveraged around the globe,
3.     Hands-on experience designing or working on OA/SDG projects, and
4.     New resources, contacts, and possible collaborators for such a project in the future.
Cost: $90 USD
Registration includes: Materials, refreshments and lunch.
Event code: IRR1

International Relations Committee I (IRC)
2:00 - 3:30 PM
Location: TBA


International Librarians Orientation
2:30 - 4:00 PM

Description: An introduction to the ALA Conference and the city of Chicago, for international and other attendees from abroad. ALA members will provide an overview of the conference, including recommended programs and social activities. Learn about conference transportation, how to navigate the exhibit hall and how to get involved. You will also meet and network with other colleagues from ALA’s many divisions and round table who will help you to get the most from your conference experience.


IRC*/IRRT+ All Subcommittee Meeting
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
+8:30 - 9:00 am      IRRT Chairs Meeting
+9:00 - 10:00 am    IRRT Subcommittee Meetings
+10:00 - 10:15 am  IRRT Chairs report back to IRRT Executive Board

*8:30 – 10:00am    IRC Committee Meetings


IFLA 2017 Update-Wrocław, Poland
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Description: Attending the IFLA 2017 conference in Wrocław, Poland? Come and hear updates from IFLA organizers and staff about the conference, IFLA organization, committee information, and more!

Libraries Transform: Programs and Services for Sustainable Environments, Social Justice, and Quality Education for All-IRRT International Paper Session & Projects
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Description: Because Libraries reach a large cross-section of the public, they are in a unique position to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the promotion of sustainable environments, social justice, and quality education. This program will feature presentations and projects by librarians or professionals working outside the USA or involved in projects outside of the USA whose research, libraries, or projects are working to promote lifelong learning, provide inclusive and quality education for all, reduce inequality, promote just and inclusive societies, contribute to environmental sustainability, and more!



IRRT Executive Committee Meeting
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

International Poster Session
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Exhibit floor - View list of poster session (Scroll down to Sunday, June 25)
Description: Come to the Exhibit floor and find out about innovative programs and transformative ideas that are shaping libraries all over the world.

Acting for Humanity: The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Libraries - IRRT Chair’s Program
1:00 - 2:30 PM

Description:  In 2015, 150 world leaders, with support from the United Nations Development Programme, adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to fight against injustice, poverty, inequality, and climate change. This program will address how we, as librarians and libraries, can take action to better the lives of all people and protect our planet. Presenters will be part of a panel that will describe and discuss topics such as 1.   How individuals, libraries, or library associations are providing programming and education to advance peace and justice, alleviate poverty and hunger, reduce inequality, increase women’s rights and political participation, or protect the environment, 2. How individuals, libraries, or library associations are working with their governments, communities, and/or partners to advance peace and justice, alleviate poverty and hunger, reduce inequality, increase women’s rights and political participation, or protect the environment.   
Eurasian and Central Asian Studies in the Heartland and Beyond                 
4:00-5:00 PM
Description:  This program explores challenges and opportunities associated with building collections from and about Central Asia and library development in Central Asia.  Subject specialists for Eurasia and Central Asia, will describe strategies for acquiring materials from the region, including acquisition trips to Central Asia, exchange programs, and vendor supplied materials.  



Library Services for Refugees and other Displaced Persons (ISLD program)
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Description: Recognizing the worldwide persistent crises of displaced people seeking safety and a refuge beyond their native country, what are libraries and information centers doing or able to do to contribute local support?  An ISLD program at ALA annual would identify specific roles and opportunities for libraries in some of the countries with the greatest refugee impact. ISLD could locate current efforts among its members, and seek other library-associated refugee efforts.    

International Relations Committee II (IRC)
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

International Librarians Reception
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Chicago Public Library---
Description: Please join the ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) in welcoming and celebrating with librarians from more than 70 countries at the ALA Annual Conference. Open to all conference attendees, this reception offers a unique opportunity to network with hundreds of information professionals from around the world. Join us for a mixing of culture and ideas, regional cuisine, hors d’oeuvres and open bar. ALA President, Sari Feldman, will announce the recipients of the ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Projects. Winners of the Bogle Pratt Award and the Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award for International Librarianship will be announced. Advance registration is required. International librarians registered for the full conference will receive one complimentary ticket. A ticket must be purchased for additional guests. Tickets will be sold in the convention center. *No tickets will be sold at the reception site.*        REGISTER today!       



Listed below are programs, discussion groups, and events with an international focus. Some events require advance registration and payment. Please see conference site for more details.


FRIDAY, June 23, 2017


SATURDAY, June 24, 2017


SUNDAY, June 25, 2017


MONDAY, June 26, 2017



+++Exhibit Hours+++

Friday, June 23 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday, June 24 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 25 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday, June 26 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

(Note: All panels, programs, and events are conducted in English only.)


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